tourism development projects sanctioned for Leh:
Jan 2: The
Centre has sanctioned three projects costing Rs.
17 crore for upgradation and development of
tourist related infrastructure in Leh-Ladakh.
The State has
already received the first installment of ` 3.39
crore to take up the work under first phase of
the project envisaging creation of different type
of tourism promotion works including, development
circuit connecting Pangong, Tsomoriri and Tsokar
This was stated by
the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang
Rigzin Jora while chairing Leh Development
Authority (LDA) meeting, here today. The meeting
was convened to review the pace of progress on
various projects being executed for holistic
tourism development in Leh.
Minister of State
for Tourism, Culture and Home, Nasir Aslam Wani
was also present on the occasion.
Rigzin Spalbar, Commissioner Secretary Tourism
and Culture, Atul Duloo, District Development
Commissioner, T. Angchuk, Director Tourism,
Kashmir, Farooq Ahmed Shah, Superintendent
Engineer, R&B, Leh, Executive Engineer, LDA
and other senior officers of Planning, Finance
and Tourism Department attended the meeting.
Giving details of
the sanctioned projects, Mr. Jora said that `
4.59 crore would be expended on creation of
tourist facilities in Leh district under
Destination Development Scheme (DDS), ` 5 crore
for development of tourist circuit and ` 6.94
crore for development of lake circuit under
Product/ Infrastructure Development for
Destination and Circuit (PIDDC) programme. He
said construction of budgeted accommodation
involving an estimated cost of ` 2.85 crore at
Maan-Marak at Pangong Lake and Chuchot Yokma is
also part of the project.
directed concerned authorities to expedite the
codal formalities for taking up these projects at
the earliest. He also asked for timely completion
of the on-going works. He said the Government was
keen to fully explore tourism potential of the
region, as it forms the backbone of the economy
The meeting was
told that an amount ` 3 crore is being expended
during the current year on various tourism
development works under state sector in the
district. It was told that construction work of
food craft institute at Leh has been taken up at
an estimated cost of ` 5.83 crore, against which
an amount of ` 3.95 crore has been released and
till date an amount of ` 2.79 crore has been
expended on its execution.
It was informed
that an amount of ` 68.93 lakh is being expended
for development of rural tourism in village
Tiger-Sumoor against which ` 16 lakh have been
expended on hardware and software components.
Refurbishment of Matho-Gompa Monastery is also
apace at an estimated cost ` 55. 23 lakh.
Govt misleading Centre: Manhas
Jan 2: While
addressing a massive public meeting at Korda in
Jindrah area of Nagrota Assembly Constituency,
BJP State president, Shamsher Singh Manhas said
that Government is trying to get huge funds for
embezzlement by misleading the Union Government
on the pretext of setting up of 50 police
battalions to replace Para-military forces in the
forces have been putting their best services and
it is due to their presence that normalcy to some
extent has been achieved by defeating the
anti-national forces working at the dictates of
their masters sitting across the border", he
He added that the
militancy has not totally been wiped out from the
State and hence the time is not ripe for thinking
of replacing the Para-military forces with the
police. It can be a very dangerous decision and
having the potential of encouraging the
that the State Government should take immediate
steps to end discrimination with Jammu province
rather than making hollow claims. He said it is
the duty of every elected representative of
Jammu, irrespective of his political affiliation,
to raise the issue with the Government and get
justice for Jammuites.
Party MLA from
Nagrota Assembly Constituency, Jugal Kishore
Sharma, said that a number of developmental
activities including construction of roads,
setting up of new schools and up gradation of the
exciting ones, provision of health care
facilities, drinking water and electricity have
been on his top agenda and during all these years
of his being elected as MLA, every effort has
been made to ensure that the problems of the
people in each and every area of this vast
constituency is being looked into and solved
within minimum time. He assured that he would
continue to serve the people of his constituency
with the same zeal and commitment.
pays obeisance at Shiv Khori shrine
Jan 2: Deputy
Chief Minister Tara Chand, visited Shiv Khori and
paid obeisance at the holy shrine. Describing the
place as one of the most revered cave shrines of
the region, Mr. Tara Chand said all out efforts
are afoot to develop and promote the religious
place as a major pilgrim destination of the
State. He said Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
(SSKSB) has launched various projects to create
and upgrade facilities for the benefit of
with the visiting devotees, the Deputy Chief
Minister asked them to be messengers of peace for
the State. He said the number of pilgrims to the
shrine has already crossed 15 lakh and is
expected to touch new heights in the coming year,
adding that the Shrine Board is actively involved
in upgrading facilities for the devotees arriving
Among others, the
Deputy Chief Minister was accompanied by former
Minister Jugal Kishore Sharma, SSP, Reasi Atul
Goyal and Assistant Commissioner (Revenue) S.S.
Non-Governmental Organisation "Shiv
Mandli" led by its president K.K. Padha and
vice-president Surinder Sharma called on the
Deputy Chief Minister and apprised about
activities of the NGO. The NGO is running a
langar for the last more than 40 years.
Listening to the
demands projected by the NGO for an alternate
site of the Langar complex, Mr. Tara Chand
instructed the ACR to prepare the project and
send the same to the Chairman for consideration.
A deputation of
local Sarpanchs and Panchs also called on DyCM
and projected demands of the area, which
primarily include construction of new bus stand
and widening of main bazaar.
redressal of genuine demands, the Deputy Chief
Minister issued instructions to the concerned
officers to make the bus stand operational at the
earliest and ensure that the space is put to
public use before Shivratri.
for stern action against pvt schools
charging excessive fee
Jan 2: The
Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public
Distribution, Mr Qamar Ali Akhoon today called
for strict implementation of provisions of the
Government SRO 123- regulating the fee structure
for the private institutions.
He said that
private schools found violating the parameters
and guidelines prescribed in the SRO should not
be granted affiliation or recognition.
Speaking at a
joint meeting of Consumer Affairs and Public
Distribution (CAPD), Education and BOSE
functionaries convened here today to workout
modalities for effectively curbing the practice
of charging excessive fee and arbitrarily
overcharging the admission fee by some private
schools, the Minister stressed the need for
tightening noose around such institutions. The
meeting also discussed measures to check
overcharging on account of uniforms and books
sold in private schools.
directed for constituting two provincial level
committees, one each for Kashmir and Jammu to
suggest measures for effective implementation of
SRO 123, particularly curbing the tendency of
charging huge admission fee by the private school
managements. Each committee, to be headed by
concerned Director School Education, will have
Joint Director CAPD, Jt. Secretary J&K Board
of School Education and Jt. Controller Legal
Metrology as its members, besides two members
from State Consumer Council viz D.R. Danish and
Yashpal Gupta for Jammu province and Advocate
Mohd. Akbar and Bilal Ahmad Kawoosa, general
secretary Chamber of Commerce and for Kashmir
Mr. Akhoon asked
the committees to come up with detailed
suggestions and recommendations within two months
after inspecting and ascertaining the required
basic infrastructure in various schools so that
effective measures are taken in this regard
before commencement of the new academic session.
He said need of
the hour was to make the private schools
accountable and answerable to the society. He
said protecting consumer rights in the education
sector was one of the primary responsibilities of
the CAPD Department and the officers should
fulfil this obligation efficiently.
overcharging on account of admission fee, sale of
books and uniforms by private Schools has assumed
alarming proportion and was severely affecting
common masses. He said that the department of
CAPD, coordination with the School Education
Department, should come forward to provide relief
to the people in this regard.
The meeting was
attended by the Secretary CAPD, Muhammad Abbas,
Special Secretary School Education Arifullah,
Special Secretary CAPD I. A. Ashai, Director CA
PD Parvaiaz Ahmad Malik, Director School
Education Jammu Gulzar Qureshi, Jt. Secretary
Board of School Education Javaid Iqbal Khatib,
Jt. Controller Legal Metrology Amar Singh and
president Consumer Protection Forum Jammu D. R.
a critique of mindless communal violence
By Lalit Gupta
Jan 2: Kharaashein,
staged by Pancham Society of Art, at Abhinav
Theatre, here today, emerged so far the best
production so far of the ongoing Budshah Theatre
The play in
Hindustani, based on the poems and short stories
of Gulzar, famous poet and film lyricist, has
been conceptualized by Salim Arif, renowned
theatre person and art director, without
tampering with the theme and language of Gulzar.
which means scratches, in the context of play
refers to scars on the psyche in due to Partition
of the sub-continent and communal riots and
mindless killings that followed and still erupt
in different parts of the country.
But in every such
violent incident committed by religious zealots,
there are human faces that brave the odds, put
their own lives at risk and help fellow human
beings irrespective of their religion, cast and
version of incidents drawn from mass migration
during 1947, communal riots of Bengal and Mumbai
that form the narrative of Kharaashein touches
our sensitive chords and humanizes us in the
performance directed by Bhupinder Singh, marked
by well knit design wherein each actor frequently
shifting from being narrator to a character, not
only created the movement in time but also
brought to fore the dynamics of emotions like raw
fear, suffering, mindless acts of violence which
seem to vanish amidst sparkle of humane love and
concern for fellow beings.
background music with its mild pitch, and
well-synchronized light design significantly
helped to deepen the emotional impact of the
All the actors
including the debutant Swayam gave good
performance. The others members of the cast
included Tapeshwar Dutta, Poonam Sudan, Pradeep
Sharma, Aryavir Singh and Suresh Sharma.
The off-stage team
included Vijay Kumar, Gurmeet Kaur, Poja, Anil
Tikoo, Avnish, Pankaj Gupta and Lokesh Chander.
Ramzan's Kashmiri play 'Musafir' will be staged
by Azad Dramatic Cultural Club, Repora, Ganderbal
at 4 p.m.
free education to disabled children: DB
Jan 2: Division
Bench of State High Court comprising Chief
Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifulla and Justice
Virender Singh has directed the State Government
to provide free education and
facilities/amenities to the disabled children in
the educational institutions.
were passed in Public Interest Litigation (PIL)
filed by National Federation of Blind, J&K
Branch seeking implementation of order passed by
the Division Bench in LPA on March 30, 2009.
Senior Advocate P S Dutta appearing for the PIL
and Advocate General MI Qadiri for the State, the
DB observed that State Government has responded
in casual manner vis-à-vis implementation of
March 30, 2009 order and wanted the Chief
Secretary to be present in the Court.
seriousness at which the Court wanted to take
action for compliance of order dated March 30,
2009, the Advocate General gave an assurance that
compliance of the order will be reported in every
respect by first week of February 2012.
confidence in Advocate General and in order to
give a final opportunity to the respondent State,
Division Bench directed that compliance of the
order dated March 30, 2009 should be reported on
February 6, 2012 failing which Chief Secretary
should be present in the Court to answer the
of Court order dated March 30, 2009, Division
Bench also directed the Government to examine
statutory requirements to be complied with as
provided under Section 15 to 20 of the Act and
file a report on those aspect as well, which
set-of provisions fall under Chapter IV by which
the children suffering with the disability are
entitled to certain special privileges to be
provided by way of free education and
facilities/amenities in the educational
observations and directions, the DB directed the
Registry to list the PIL on February 6, 2012.
Jan 2: The
All Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Teachers Federation
(JKLTF) held its working committee meeting today
under the chairmanship of State President,
Bhushan S Verma and Convener, Maheshwar Prasad.
members discussed various issues and problems
being faced by the teaching community.
while addressing the media highlighted various
demands of JKLTF. He said that staff in all
schools should be provided in accordance with the
strength of students.
He further said
that rationalization in Education Department was
the need of the hour to raise the standard of
education in J&K.
He added that
there should be transparency in transfer policy
and teachers working in rural areas be given
opportunity to work in urban areas.
They also demanded
release of arrears of Sixth Pay Commission to the
working employees and pensioners besides release
of 7% DA from July 2011 in cash in favour of
demanded selection grade to Masters after
completion of five years service in the Master
Grade and immediate permission to the teachers
desirous to attain higher qualification.
all incharge officers in Education Department was
also demanded besides regularization of all
lectures, who have Post Graduate degree from
included free supply of books of all titles,
dislocation allowance to employees equal to 30%
of Basic Pay and raising standard of education in
body recovered from canal
Two killed, two injured in road
Jan 2: Two
persons were killed and two others sustained
injuries in road accidents while body of a police
constable was recovered from the canal near
said that, two motor-cycle borne youth were
seriously injured when their motorcycle collided
head on with truck bearing registration No JKO21
5224 in district Kathua.
Ramesh Chander, son of Raj Kumar and pillion
rider Surinder Kumar, son of Kundal Lal, both
from Hatli Morh, District Kathua were seriously
injured. They were shifted to district hospital
where doctor pronounced Raj Kumar as brought dead
while Surinder was shifted to Government Medical
College and Hospital (GMCH) for specialized
A case has been
registered at Kathua police station and a hunt
was on to nab the truck driver who fled from the
spot leaving behind the vehicle soon after the
A youth was killed
while his friend got seriously injured when their
bike skidded off the road and plunged into a
gorge at Nagrota area.
The duo had gone
to celebrate New Year occasion in the outskirts
on December 31 but did not return to their native
places," police said.
Police added that
they were found into a gorge this afternoon near
Nagrota along the highway as their bike had
skidded off the road and plunged into it.
One of them
identified as Naresh Kumar, son of Bansi Lal,
resident of Akhnoor had died on the spot while
Tarun Sharma, son of Bal Krishan Sharma, was
seriously wounded and was unconscious.
was immediately shifted to the hospital while a
case has been registered and investigations are
in progress," police added.
constable identified as Sunil Dhar, resident of
Purkhoo, was found dead under mysterious
circumstances in a canal under the jurisdiction
of Domana police station.
said that the constable, who was posted in the
office of the IG Crime, left for duty on December
31 but his body was recovered in a canal.
A case has been
registered at Domana police station and
investigations are in progress.
Anita, wife of
Suresh Chander of Pargwal made an abortive
attempt to end her life by consuming some
poisonous substance. Noticing her
unconsciousness, family members shifted her to
GMCH, where doctors washed her stomach. Her
condition was stated to be stable when reports
last came in.
habitual liar: NC
Jan 2: Ajay
Sadhotra, senior leader of National Conference
today described PDP president, Mehbooba Mufti as
the party workers of Marh, Sadhotra said despite
getting exposed in public for speaking lies, PDP
president and its other leadership have not
learnt a lesson to shun this practice.
He said that the
proof of Mehbooba Muftis praise of Narinder
Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, and its denial
in public had exposed her completely.
Ajay Sadhotra said
that Mehbooba should apologise from the people of
the State for befooling them by speaking lies.
He added that PDP
was propagating falsehood against the coalition
Government in the State.
He said that PDP
has the credit of brining J&K at No 2 in most
corrupt states during Mufti Mohammad
blamed PDP for unleashing propaganda and shutting
eyes on the innovative politico-economic
development policy launched by National
Conference in the State that helped in
restoration of peace and stability.
daily wagers hunger strike enters seventh day,
Jan 2: Daily
wagers engaged in Power Development Department
(PDD) continued their protest viz hunger strike
against the Government at Bhagwati Nagar
pertaining to their demands including
regularization and clearance of dues.
PDD daily wagers
are agitating for the past one-month against the
Government for not fulfilling their demand of
regularization and clearance of dues.
gathering, leader of PDD daily wager union,
alleged that for the past one month they are
protesting but the Government is not conceding
their demands. He said that they have rendered
seven to twelve years of their life in the
department, but were not regularized till date.
He said that if
the Government will not take any concrete step
regarding their regularization and clearance of
pending dues, they will intensify their struggle
and for any untoward incident, the Government
will be responsible.
During the ongoing
hunger strike of the PDD daily wagers, three
fasting daily wagers sitting on hunger strike
demanding regularization, were shifted to
Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH)
after their condition deteriorated.
daily wagers were Mohammad Farooq, Deepak Sharma
and Sarabjit Singh.
observes pen down strike
Jan 2: The
Provincial Power Employees Union (PPEU), district
Rajouri today observed a day long pen and tool
down strike in support of daily wagers.
The strike was
held under the leadership of Aftab Dar and Sadiq
Chib wherein the workers sat on dharna on various
power stations raising slogans in support of the
demands of daily wagers.
included regularization of employees who have
completed seven years of service and withdrawal
of pending wages of daily wagers.
president, Daily Wagers PDD Association stressed
upon the workers to remain united till the State
Government issued their regularization order and
payment of wages in entirety.
president EJAC, Rajouri, Ayoub Chouhan, Javaid
Mirza, Vinod Sharma, Mushtaq Ahmad, Abdul Majid,
Ravinder, Balbir Jamwal, Akram and Javed also
spoke on the occasion.
terms Govts 3 yrs performance big zero
Jan 2: People's
Democratic Party (PDP) today said that three
years performance of the Government is a big zero
because it has failed on all fronts.
public meeting at Bishnah today, PDP leaders said
that Government has failed on all fronts because
problems of the people have been further
compounded after formation of this regime.
They further said
that one and only noticeable achievement of this
regime was legalization of corruption.
"During the last three years, corruption has
crossed all limits", they said, adding that
from bottom to top, there is corruption every
where", and pointed towards mysterious
killing of NC worker Haji Yosuf Shah's case.
They asserted that
PDP would take peoples' problems on the streets
to force the Government to take some concrete
steps for solution of day to day problems.
The leaders who
spoke were Sardar Rangil Singh, former minister,
Trilok Singh Bajwa, former Rajya Sabha member,
Thakur Balbir Singh, general secretary, Chatter
Saini, Satpal Charak, Dewan Singh, etc.
Judicial Service Exam on March 3
Jan 2: The
Higher Judicial Service (Direct Recruitment)
Examination, 2011 will be held on March 3 and
March 4, 2012.
A notification in
this regard was issued by Registrar General of
State High Court J R Kotwal today.
Ali Khan, Registrar Rules High Court has been
deputed to J&K Industrial Tribunal/Labour
Court and he will hold the charge of One Man
Vigilance Kartar Singh will hold the additional
charge of Registrar Rules of J&K High Court.
Jan 2: As
per an order issued here today by the Government,
the winter zone colleges falling in Jammu
division will observe the winter vacation with
effect from January, 2012 to February 29, 2012.
Sham Sharma from Ministry like Saroori: NSF to
Jan 2: Taking
strong note of the involvement of Health Minister
Sham Lal Sharma in the land grabbing case at
Lower Muthi, National Secular Forum (NSF) today
urged the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to dismiss
him from the Ministry, as the same is sending a
wrong impression in the minds of the people of
Addressing a press
conference, Vikas Sharma, State president, NSF,
said that the Government should take strong
action against Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma
for his involvement in the land grabbing case
near the house of his brother Madan Lal Sharma,
MP, at Lower Muthi. Sharma added that the there
are many politicians, bureaucrats and police
officials who have illegally grabbed big chunks
of land and there was a dire need to expose all
such land grabbers.
Former R&B Minister, was dismissed from the
Ministry when his name figured in the
impersonation scam of his daughter in the
Entrance Examination of ASCOMS", Sharma
said, adding, that "Why the Government is
not dismissing Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma,
as he was also involved in land grabbing
was not taking any cognizance of the land
grabbing case in which Health Minister Sham Lal
Sharma is purely involved, which is very
unfortunate on the part of the Government, Vikas
Sharma said, adding that the Government should
showcase its good governance and dismiss Health
Minister Sham Lal Sharma from Ministry like GM
He further stated
that the Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma had also
threatened the police official (DySP) of dire
consequences, who was investigating the land
grabbing matter near the house of Madan Lal
Sharma, Member Parliament, at Lower Muthi.
said that if the Government will not dismiss
Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma from the Ministry
at the earliest, then activists of NSF will stage
dharma, launch signature campaign and
subsequently start agitation to force the
Government for the dismissal of Health Minister
Sham Lal Sharma.
present were Shafqat Malik, chairman, University
unit of NSF, Nitin Chandel, senior vice
president, Abhimanyu, Rahul Sharma and Manu
lakh released for providing training to PPs, APPs
Jan 2: An
amount of ` 39.20 lakh has been released for
imparting training to the Public Prosecutors and
Additional Public Prosecutors besides
strengthening the office infrastructure.
This was stated in
a high level meeting held here today under the
chairmanship of Minister for Rural Development,
Panchayati Raj, Law, Justice and Parliamentary
Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar.
It was given out
in the meeting that during the vacation period of
the courts, a six day training programme will be
conducted through DOEACC at Jammu and Srinagar.
The programme would ensure that they are properly
trained in the latest courses as well.
Further, it was
also decided that the offices of the Public
Prosecutors and Additional Public Prosecutors
would be strengthened by providing computers and
other related accessories.
Jan 2: Zila
Sanik Welfare officer Doda, Major (Retd) SL
Khajuria here today conducted an Ex-Servicemen
rally under the aegis of Brigadier (Retd) RS
Langeh, Director Sainik Welfare Department.
A large number of
ex-servicemen and Veer Naris thronged the rally,
which afforded them a composite platform for
redressal of their grievances. On the occasion,
SL Khajuria impressed upon the gathering to avail
the benefits of the schemes extended by Central
and State Governments such as Prime-Minister's
Scholarship scheme, Ex-servicemen contributory
Health scheme, Daughters marriage grant,
Demise grant, Issue of CDPC, pension entitlement
enquiry system Suvigya, grant of
family pension for life to the handicapped
children and various welfare schemes of Kendriya
Sanik Board, New Delhi.
bovine animals rescued, 10 smugglers arrested
Jan 2: Continuing
drive against bovine smugglers, Ramban Police
today registered five cases against 10 bovine
smugglers and rescued 96 animals from different
locations. Seven vehicles which were being used
to smuggle bovine animals were also seized.
said that last night an information was received
about the smuggling of bovine animals in
different trucks and accordingly SP Ramban, Anil
Magotra sounded all the Police Stations and
Police Posts on the National Highway.
SHO Police Station
Batote was instructed to immediately lay naka at
Patnitop and Updesh Kumar, DySP SSR Ramsoo was
asked to remain in mobile on National Highway
between Ramban and Patnitop so that bovine
smugglers may not escape. During checking,
Banihal Police with the active support of Traffic
Police personnel managed to crack down heavily on
the bovine smugglers and booked them. Four bovine
smugglers, one each at naka points of Baghu
Nallah Batote, Chanderkote, Shan Palace Ramban
and Ramsoo were arrested when they were taking
bovine animals towards Kashmir valley on foot.
During the night
long drive, 10 bovine smugglers were arrested and
seven vehicles bearing registration numbers
JK02AG-5337, JK02AC-3420, JK13A-1001,
JK02AG-5095, JK02AD-3531, JK02W-5334 and
JK02AG-0877 were seized. A total of 96 cattle
heads were rescued from the possession of the
smugglers have been identified as Mohd Sultan,
son of Shah Zaman of Nagrota By Pass, Hamid Ali,
son of Mohd Shafi of R S Pura, Mohd Sharif, son
of Mohd yaqoob of Reasi, Riaz Ahmed, son of
Mubarak Ittoo of Darshipura, Banihal, Mohd
Ashraf, son of Mohd Mirza of Kothia Reasi, Gafoor
Hussain, son of Mohd Din of Akhnoor, Mohd Ayoob,
son of Mohd Ismail of Rakhjarog, Batote, Mohd
Shafi, son of Faqar Din of Ramban, Farid Ahmed,
son of Noor Jamal of Ramban and Fiaz Ahmed, son
of Hamid Ahmed Gujjar of Chopra Shop, Udhampur.
employees for no work, if no pay
Jan 2: The
PHE Employees Association of districts Udhampur
and Reasi held a mass protest under the
chairmanship of president Som Nath, provincial
senior vice president of the Association and
resolved to adopt "no work if no pay"
Som Nath said that CP, ITI and consolidated
workers are without wages for the past over seven
months in Udhampur only and what could be the
plight of other workers of Jammu province can be
gauged by any saner element. He said Government
should curtail salaries of MLAs and MLCs, if
there was any shortage of funds.
He said there was
shortage of 1200 workers for running smoothly the
supply position of water as 193 new water supply
schemes have been commissioned while hundreds of
employees have retired, but the Government has
not bothered to recruit new staff for obvious
Som Nath demanded
that transfers of workers should be made adjacent
to their residences, keeping in view the steep
hike in prices of essential commodities. He
further demanded that consolidated rate workers
working for the past over 15 years be regularized
under SRO 64.
He also demanded
that final seniority lists should be prepared at
direction office level and division levels.
Others who spoke
included Rattan Singh, Vijay Kumar, Suraj
Parkash, Jagdish Magotra, Makhan Chand, Krishan
Chand, Mohinder Singh, Baldev Raj, Chuni Lal,
Shiv Lal, Manoj Kumar etc.
Metrology Deptt challans 74 defaulters
Jan 2: As
a sequel to its drive to protect consumer
interest, a team of officers of Legal Metrology
Department Rajouri led by Assistant Controller
Legal Metrology M. A. Mughal conducted extensive
checking at Sunder Bani, Gujjar Mandi Rajouri and
inspection, more than 93 establishments dealing
with different trades like Karyana, Halwais,
Hardware, Wine Shop, Kerosene oil dealer, Ration
dealer were checked and 17 of them found
violating different sections and rules of J&K
W/M Enf Act 1997. All the 17 challaned cases were
compounded on spot and an amount of ` 11300 was
recovered from the defaulters.
district, 57 traders were booked in Surankote and
Buffliaz area for using un-recertified weights
and Measures, Weighing and Measuring instruments.
All the 57 challaned cases were compounded on
Besides, an amount
of ` 31264 was recovered by way of stamping fee
in Poonch district and ` 12921were collected as
stamping fee in Rajouri district during the month
of December 2011.
The department has
appealed the consumers to purchase goods on
verified and calibrated weight and also check
MRP, name of the commodity, packing date and
complete address of the packer/manufacturer.
Aijaz Bandey new Director DIQA
Jan 2: Dr Ajaz
A Banday , a Professor in the Kashmir
University's prestigious Centre for Central Asian
Studies has been appointed as in charge Director
of Internal Quality Assurance (DIQA).
has to his credit five books on the various
themes of Central Asia and he has also published
numerous research papers in national and
international books and journals. He has been on
the editorial board of the Journal of Central
Asian Studies for past twenty years and worked on
many research projects.
Prof Bandey has
participated and presented research papers in
international and national conferences on various
themes related to the issues confronting Cenral
Asia. Prof Bandey has carried out field-out
research activities aboard as well as in the
country and is a member of various academic
bodies and professional associations.
Jan 2: Kashmir
Lifeline and Health Centre has started a toll
free helpline for the people suffering from
different health problems in the Kashmir valley.
In a statement, a
spokesman of the Centre said that free telephone
counseling would be given to the people once they
dial 18004202020, adding that counseling
facilities would also be provided to people in
hospitals at Charar-i-Sharief, Shopian, Kangan,
Baramulla and Red Cross, Srinagar.
The spokesman said
that awareness cum training programme was held
for the Anganwadi workers of Nagam block of
Budgam district at Anganwari centre located at
Gafoor Mohalla. He said that 80 Anganwadi workers
along with common masses took part in the
Jan 2: Migrant
Welfare Committee (MWC) here today held a meeting
at Muthi Camp, which was presided over by TN Koul
president, under the chairmanship of Ramesh
Bharti, a prominent social worker.
pertaining to the migrants were discussed and the
Government was stressed for inclusion of migrant
representatives in the State Cabinet. The
committee objected to the interference of so
called outside leaders in any matter of
rehabilitation. Besides, the political
empowerment of Pandit community in both the
Houses of State Legislative was also demanded.
Those who attended
the meeting included Sham Lal, Badri Nath,
Ravinder Koul, Ashwani, Gopi Krishan Khar, Manoj
Kour and many others.
constable dies of cardiac arrest
Jan 2: A
BSF constable died here today due to cardiac
arrest at transit camp under Narwal police post.
He was 33.
said that Pardeep Kumar, son of Thakur Dass of
Kangra, presently posted at 100 Batallion
stationed at Pantha Chowk, Srinagar died here
today due to cardiac arrest at Transit Camp,
Narwal. He added that the BSF constable arrived
at transit camp and was scheduled to leave
Srinagar tomorrow for resuming his duty.
He added that the
body of the constable was shifted to GMCH and has
been kept in the mortuary.
seek 40 pc quota
Jan 2: All
J&K Plus Two Lecturers Forum working
president N S Jamwal has appealed for release of
40 per cent quota for Plus Two lecturers in the
Colleges, which was abolished during the Governor
meeting, he asked the Plus Two lecturers to trust
on the screening committee, which has been
constituted by the Government for verification of
He hoped that the
Government would concede demands of the
recovered in Katra
Jan 2: Police
today recovered an unidentified body of a youth
from near Darshani Gate in Katra town, the base
camp of Mata Vaishno Devi ji shrine.
The youth looked
an outsider, police said, adding the body has
been shifted to Katra hospital for post-mortem
A case has been
registered for investigations at Katra police